GERMANY. Risks and Opportunities Related to Media and Journalism Studies (2000–2020). Case Study on the National Research and Monitoring Capabilities.



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As the largest country and media market in the MEDIAdelcom project, Germany features both a rich and highly differentiated research environment and an added level of complexity due to the decentralized organization of the federal state. Regional differences between federal states are especially relevant with regards to the journalism domain and the domain of legal and ethical regulation. In addition to scholarly research and literature, a system of commercial research into media usage supplements continuous availability of data on market developments. A multitude of monitoring and research institutions is active in the field, and several journals both for communication studies in general and more specific subject matters exist. Compared to the monitoring capabilities of the media sector, statistical data on the research environment is comparably hard to come by: There is no centralized database of researchers and their output as found in some other countries, and even statistics on funding rarely differentiate communication studies from neighboring fields.